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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003)
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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruit in the nose—apricots seem to stand out in particular—along with some notes of grassy hops and lemons plus hints of grainy malts and honey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of grainy malts in the flavors. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light body nature of this beer makes it go down easily but there’s nothing special about the smell or taste.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden amber with quite a bit of fine yeast. The cap is off-white and is fair-to-middlin' in terms of its appearance. It looks to be somewhat soft with a nearly featureless surface, so it's surprising that it doesn't immediately collapse into nothingness. While there's very little lace to start with, a decent amount appears when the beer reaches midglass.

Summer Blonde smells like a cross between a macro lager and a pilsener. It has none of the adjuncty nastiness of the former (it is, after all, all-malt) and very little of the noble hoppiness of the latter. Still, I think the comparisons are valid. It smells like sweetish, fresh grain with just a touch of hops.

The flavor is interesting and is different from most so-called summer beers. For one thing, there's no discernable citrus; which has almost come to be a requirement of the summer beer 'style'. The beer is predominantly malty and is a little honeyish. Although that might not sound so good on paper (so to speak), it is pretty good in actuality.

This River Horse seasonal tastes like an all-malt beer in which the brewers haven't stinted on the malt. Hop contribute little, further showcasing the grain. It's different and I like it just fine. The body/mouthfeel, as one might expect, is firmly medium due to the generous amount of ingredients. I'm a little confused about the brewery's claim that it's 'lower' (not 'low') in carbs. It sure doesn't taste like it.

This is pretty good beer. It's one of the first blonde ales that I've had that actually tastes blonde. River Horse may not have a Derby winner here, but Summer Blonde is definitely no nag.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice looking medium golden amber with a touch of light haze that settles out quickly. large head of white leaves a little side lacing but not much as it settles itself out. aroma is light grains and grasses, a touch of bready malts and a bit of a lingering hop note that is soo faint i dont know how i picked it up. clean, crisp, and light feel and flavor, there is really not much to it, a touch of peach perhaps on the tongue but that was all, nothing to write home about

Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out like a traditional blonde ale. The coloe is yellow with a minimal haze to it. The small has some grains and citrus in it. The taste follows through with a lot of citrus, almost like grapefruit. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall this brew is a decent summer beer. worth a try.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with an explosive, huge head. River Horse certainly doesn't cheat in the carbonation department.

Smell: Sugary-smelling aroma of crackers, a hint of pepper, and a slight pear-like fruitiness.

Taste: Wheaty, crackery flavor with a medium level of sweetness. Citrusy. Light pear esters. Pinch of spice. Not much in the way of bitterness. Dry, zesty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Y'know, it's not so terrible once all of that damnable carbonation settles down.

Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey light golden color with a light head that leaves some light lacing,aroma is definently malty and grainy with some light sweetness.The taste has a nice malty backbone but nothing really gives it some umph.This a solid brew easy to drink quite a few of these not very complex.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

unfairly low ratings for this beer here. i admit, a lot of their strong and belgian styles have been lackluster, but this is a pretty good summer ale, certainly a good one to buy a case of in a box state like PA for hot weather mass consumption. pale blonde in color, bubbly, and emitting aromas of orange peel and extremely lightly toasted barley. the flavor is quite simple and straightforward, with a real soft grain front end and then a clean, slightly citrusy balanced finish, crispy clean drinking, supremely refreshing, and with the low abv, its a good summer slammer right from the bottle. i think it probably deserves a little more credit than it has on here, i mean, there are no off flavors, and the feel is great. i guess folks may be looking for a bit more hop character, or even just more robust flavors throughout, but this beer is for the light beer drinker looking to go craft. i think it works, and aside from being awfully light, I've got no real critiques. i like the biscuity front end and the hint of orange zest as it closes out.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body is capped by a creamy head of bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and some whispy surface foam. Lacing, however, is limited. The nose is intriguing with a soft, wheat-tinged grainy malt that's smoothed by a light touch of buttery diacetyl and backed by a subtle fruitiness. The body is medium and it appears creamy and smooth in the mouth due to a fine, moderate carbonation. The buttery diacetyl found in the nose is a bit stronger in the flavor, yet it actually seems to work for the beer by combining with a grainy maltiness that's gently balanced by mildly spicy hops. There's a malty sweet flavor to it that I associate with the dextrins delivered by cara-pils malt; but it's not overdone and it retains a refreshing quality. It finishes with a lingering note of sweet malt that slowly receeds to reveal some gentle background hop flavor and delicate bitterness. Overall, a very decent summer beer that might not be really refreshing right after mowing the lawn, but has a little bit more malt flavor to it for when you're relaxing after a late evening cookout. Enjoyable!

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear light amber in the wine glass. Beautiful big head that lasts pretty well. A nice mouthful of foam. That seems to be the way to enjoy this-- pour a frothy half a mug, and slurp it down before it gets at all flat. A decent tang of malt, slight zing of hops, and then it's down the hatch.

Well, this is a watery beer. But representing this benighted style, it's not bad. An enjoyable quaff, I have to admit.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts as well as a nice lemony zest. It has a slight bisquity aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes earthy and dry with a slight lemon zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer ale, but nothing to write home about. It's perfect for those hot afternoons.

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold with a bit of a white head that almost immediately descends to nothing.

The smell is a touch of honey...some lemon. Nothing offensive, but not much there.

The taste is of...water...some honey, maybe a hint of lemon. Nothing offensive, but, well...nothing. Finish? I'll send out the rescue team because I'm not finding it.

Oddly thick considering the blandness of it. I think it's something of a honey thickness added to water. There's a lack of carbonation - sometimes that works, but I think it's needed here.

Bottom line - it doesn't taste "bad" because, for the most part, it doesn't taste. Strange brew. It might almost quench a thist in the heat because of its inoffensiveness, but...not much of a beer.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a small head that quickly disappated. The aroma was of slight citrus. The malt come through on the tongue with slight bitterness. The bitterness lasted a bit after swallowing. Very dry, and light carbonation. Definitely drinkable since it has a lighter body, but not overly exciting.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear to very lightly hazy light yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with some honey sweetness, lemon/citrus, grassy hops, and light fruits (maybe apricot or peach).

T: The beer starts out with a grainy malt body that includes soem notes of honey sweetness and lemon/citrus. This beer has a light amount of bitterness from the grassy hops which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink and light enough (and low enough in alcohol) to be quite sessionable. There is nothing that really stands out about this beer but it is enjoyable.

Photo of corby112
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a massive frothy white head that takes forever to subside. Way too much carbonation. It took several minutes to pour twelve oz into a pint glass.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of bready yeast along with subtle spice and light fruit. Faint peppery presence with hints of grass, straw, apple, lemon peel and banana.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with some tight carbonation and zesty spice. Dry and earthy with hints of grass, straw and pepper. Bready yeast is the most prominent flavor but it doesn't add much to the palate. Sweetness toward the finish with hints of apple and lemon peel. Kind of bland but somewhat easy to drink.

Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured light pale and wheat mats and a faint herbal hop.

The taste consisted of clean malts and a utilitarian herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was light and clean.

Overall a quaffable summer ale.

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-orange with a dull white head that was 2 fingers in height, creamy soft, and exhibited great retention. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: light in nature, with fresh flowers, grains, apple/cinnamon spiciness, and some fresh cookie dough.

T: The flavor was soft, smooth and semi-sweet, with some glazed pastry sweetness and apple/cinnamon spiciness. Light honey flowers, pale grains, lemon bread, and some apple dough are detected as well. The beer finishes with a light tartness of citrus.

M: light, buttery slick and effortlessly slides off the tongue leaving faint lemon and orange hints behind.

D: nice drinkability, and unique flavor makes this worthy of a try. I would buy a sixer of this.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, light, some malts and slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

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River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.